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E3 is fast upon us, as the year’s largest and most important gaming expo kicks off next week. This is the time for console gaming leaks. And this year it also happens to be a week for big announcements, perhaps because some publishers fear news of their games would be lost in the wave of news that strikes during E3 itself.

If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, I dare you not to be excited by the games we’re about to discuss… I’m talking about a new (old) Fable game, the first game from original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare creators Respawn Entertainment, and one very big PC port: Diablo III! Read on for that news and more.

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More renders of the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 Windows Phones from Nokia have surfaced on Twitter. Both smartphones have yet to be announced by the company, but that hasn't halted @evleaks in publishing more renders. We previously looked at images shared by the Twitter account yesterday. We were impressed by how Nokia appears to be continuing down its current design path.

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Could this be the Nokia Arrow Windows Phone?

A rather blurry image has surfaced that some believe is the back cover of the Nokia Arrow. The back cover does slightly resemble the patent drawings we ran across earlier but there's enough variations to have us scratching our head.

For instance, the photo has the camera and flash above and below, while the patent drawing has the two side by side. The rounded corners seem to match though.

There's still a lot of unknowns surround the Nokia Arrow and hopefully everything will come into focus next week at Nokia's New York event.

Curious though... if this holds true what would you think if the Arrow was a yellow Nokia Windows Phone?

Source: welovewp; Thanks, Simon, for the tip!

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The dust has barely settled from the Windows Phone Summit and we are now seeing leaked specs on three new HTC Windows Phone 8 devices. Here's what we know about the Rio, Accord and Zenith.

Rio: The Rio would be considered an entry level Windows Phone featuring a 4" WVGA display, 5mp camera with 720p video capture, 512mb on board memory, 14.4Mbps HSPA and a Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.

Accord: Stepping up from the Rio will be the Accord that features a 4.3" 720p Super LCD 2 screen, an 8mp camera with 1080p video capture, NFC support, 1gb of RAM, dual-core processor and 42Mbps HSPA+.

Zenith: The Zenith will be the upper end model featuring a 4.7" 720p Super LCD 2 screen, 8mp camera with 1080p video capture, 42Mbps HSPA+, and a quad-core Qualcomm processor.

All three Windows Phone 8 devices are slated to ship this year with the Rio and Accord scheduled tentatively for October and the Zenith later in the fourth quarter (in time for Christmas?). Granted all these projections are dependent on how smoothly and timely Microsoft has Windows Phone 8 ready and all the carrier involvement that we have grown to love.  

It should prove to be an interesting summer...

Source: Verge

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LG Fantasy leaked

LG's fall roadmap has been leaked and while it mainly deals with Android devices, there is one lone Windows Phone listed. The LG Fantasy is being reported as a Mango device and looks a lot like the HTC HD7.

No specs were available with the listing but strong speculation is for a fourth quarter release. LG already has the side-keyboard Quantum in their Windows Phone lineup so a slab phone would help expand the companies Windows Phone offerings.

But will it have features strong enough to pull consumers away from the HD7 or HD7S? Maybe a Super AMOLED screen?  Front facing camera?

Source: Pocketnow.com

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We've mentioned the issues concerning abnormal amounts of data being used by Windows Phone 7 devices before. Microsoft has investigated the problem and has come to the conclusion that third party solution is the cause.

In a statement to seattlepi.com, a Microsoft spokesperson reported,

"We have determined that a third-party solution commonly accessed from Windows Phones is configured in a manner that potentially cause larger than expected data downloads. We are in contact with the third party to assist them in making the necessary fixes, and are also pursuing potential workarounds to address the configuration issue in case those are needed. At this point in our investigation, we believe this is responsible for most of the reported incidents."

No comment as to whom or what the third party solution is. It could be an application or a feature/module of WP7 developed by a third party. Early thoughts pointed to the Feedback feature of Windows Phone 7 and it still could be the likely culprit.

Microsoft did state that they would continue to investigate this issue and will offer any guidance and updates as things become available.

Source: seattlepi.com

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Unofficial ROM unlocks Omnia GPS

A new "unofficial" ROM for the Samsung Omnia has made its way into wild at MoDaCo [via BGR], promising to unlock some sought-after features. Currently available in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless, the Omnia's GPS chip has been locked down, much to the chagrin of, well, everyone. Out of the box, you're forced to use VZ Navigator for all of your GPS needs. But using this ROM, update you should be able to use free third-party apps like Google Maps and Live Search.

Other changes in addition to the GPS unlock are:
  •  5 percent battery increments
  • Ability to disable threaded text messaging via system settings
  • Pop-up keyboard keys a la iPhone
  • Auto-lock keypad settings now include Off, 2s and 5s
  • Opera Mobile 9.5 build 15679
  • Weather Bug and Windows Live Widgets
  • Favorite settings, now known as easy settings
  • Windows Live

If you are brave, let us know how it works after the update. But by all means, back up your data first, and read through the thread at MoDaCo. This is unofficial stuff, so be careful.

And while this unofficial fix is nice, we're still waiting for that official, open GPS unlock that Verizon said was coming. How 'bout it, guys? (fwiw: A BGR commenter says official GPS unlocks are coming May 11.)

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More HTC Leaks: Device Specs

 

Here's some Friday fun for you: Tilt Mobility says the have some internal docs from AT&T showing the specs on many of the upcoming HTC Smartphones in 2009.  We recognize more than a few of these from the massive HTC leak and adding to its credibility is that these specs seem to line up pretty well with the previously leaked details on said HTC devices.

The "SuperStar" running an nVidia AP16 with an monster 3.7" screen sounds pretty tasty to us. We are a little surprised to see "Captain" and "Chief#W" here, could one of them just be another word for "Maple?" Anybody seeing anything else in this list that gets you pumped?

Update: Er, the Tilt Mobility story no longer says that all these phones are slated for AT&T, which makes more sense.

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Head on over to the UK site MOTOMODDING and take a peek, the expected Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the Motorola Q9h has leaked out, as we see from this post from mexiken:

Finally !!!! A very very special thank you to the Verms, aka The Verminator, for without him, none of this would be possible. Thanks dude !!!! Please give all credit to him for actually getting the file. I just downloaded, verified, and let everyone know

It looks pretty legit, too,

SHIP_NORMAN_AP_U_01.09.28R_MODEM4_U_40.11.40R_04_U : This is the official, AT&T branded 6.1 update !!!! Enjoy !!!! (70.58 MB).

“Norman” was (/is) the codename for the Q9h. Installing ROMs on the Q9h is a little more complicated than with HTC's devices, requiring that you use RSD Lite (which is itself a little nefarious). Read through the whole MotoModding thread to get a feel for it.

For those of us who aren't as daring, this is at least a good sign that the official update is coming soon. :D

Big thanks to Mike and Paul for the tip!

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